Last night there were two hitting streaks snapped of some importance. The Indians 3B/OF/1B/renaissance man Casey Blake had hit in 26 straight games, and in the Indians 10-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies, Casey Blake had it snapped.
During this career long streak for Blake, he hit .317 with 7 homeruns and 18 RBI. Blake also posted an OPS of 1.014. 33 hits in 104 at bats, 16 runs, 7 doubles and a triple later, the hottest run of this guy’s career is overwith. Kind of hard to believe isn’t it?
The next streak hit nearer and dearer to home for me. I had hit in 13 straight ballgames on MLB.com’s Beat the Streak game, and my selection last night was none other than Albert Pujols who came into last night’s game against the Kansas City Royals with great lifetime numbers against Kansas City, and he was 11 for 16 in his career off Odalis Perez, Kansas City’s starting pitcher. I had actually done my research on this night and figured that the percentages were in my favor. Percentages are bullshit and they do lie.
I wasn’t the only bonehead to select Pujols, as a game high of 11.4% of players selected Albert ot get a hit last night. Sure enough, Albert went 0 for 2 with 2 walks in the Cardinals loss. My hitting streak and my life’s work, snapped at 13 ballgames. It took me 2 and 1/2 years to get to this point. I really thought this was going to be my chance to take home the $100,000 and retire early. Some guys just get all the breaks.